A brilliant post here from A Mummy’s View in support of Save The Children Build It For Babies by way of Blog It For Babies…

A Mummys View

Having been reading blogs by a  number of lovely parent bloggers of late, (namely Mammasaurus, HPMcQ and Mother.Wife.Me) about the Save the Children campaign Build it for Babies and the subsequent Blog it for Babies campaign I felt inspired to get involved and share my birthing story again as part of a Blog it for babies initiative to raise awareness of the campaign.

But before I post my story here’s a bit of information about the Save the Children Build it for Babies campaign.

In Bangladesh 1 in 19 children don’t live to see their fifth birthday because of limited access to basic healthcare services. This means that preventable diseases are claiming the lives of innocent young children and babies.

Save the Children is appealing for £1 million to build life-saving clinics in some of the poorest and remotest areas of Bangladesh.

The clinics will reach:

  • 21,500 women…

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mother.wife.me is going self-hosted! here’s how to stay in touch…

mother.wife.me brand logo illustration

mother.wife.me has reached the grand old age of 5 months and since things are ticking along quite nicely, I thought I’d shake everything up a bit by moving from WordPress.com over to self-hosting. Not least because I cannot wait to get my blog looking exactly as I’d like it to look – complete with post formatting that actually does what I want it to do, rather than just doing its own thing, which may or may not be what I’ve asked it to do – kind of in the same vein as the Tinkerous Toddler – maybe I should move her to self-hosting.

Luckily for me and for all you avid followers of mother.wife.me (my tongue is firmly in my cheek as I type that bit) the URL will not be changing. mother.wife.me will ever more remain at http://www.motherwifeme.com

Staying in touch:

I will be fiddling around with the backend (oo er Mrs) to ensure that everyone subscribed to receive updates from mother.wife.me by email will continue to receive them.

HOWEVER. If you are following me through Follow in the WordPress.com community and you would like to continue to keep up with mother.wife.me, please could you take a minute to subscribe to receive email updates straight to your inbox?

The subscription button is on the right of the blog, just under the buttons for voting for mother.wife.me through to the next rounds of the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards and MAD Awards. See what I did there.

I will continue to have a WordPress.com account, so I will continue to follow all my favourite blogs through that until I have successfully subscribed to them all by email! Oh how much work am I making for myself?!!!

Of course another way to ensure you don’t lose touch with me is to follow me on Twitter @motherwifeme – follow me and of course I will follow back!

Right. On with the move. It is all taking place from today – Thursday 5 April 2012 and over the Easter Weekend.

I look forward to continue to seeing you on the flipside.

Luci, mother.wife.me xxx

Cybher meet and greet

Woman Wearing Paper Party Hat, Holding Glass of Champagne
Here’s a little bit about me in advance of meeting everyone at Cybher – woot woot, not long to go!! Please note, the above is not a picture of me.
Name: Luci Hindmarsh
Blog: mother.wife.me

Twitter ID: @motherwifeme
Height: 5’8″
Hair: red

Five things you should know about me…
1. I live in Hackney, but I wasn’t involved in the riots. Honest.
2. I’m married to a borderline workaholic, meanwhile I’m a borderline chocaholic
3. I’m a trained reflexologist – I will not be touching anyone’s feet at Cybher.
4. My first crush was Andrew Ridgeley from Wham! Yip, the talentless one. But at least my gaydar was working, even as a tot!
5. I have two cats, if it wasn’t for having a daughter and husband, I would be a mad cat woman

That’s a bit about me. If you haven’t already done it, why not join in with your own Cybher Meet and Greet 

Cybher 2012

Flexible working ‘can encourage greater workplace equality’

Interesting thoughts from women’s personal development specialist and director of changingpeople.co.uk doing the rounds online today:

In response, to EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding’s recent mention of the possibility of legislation to introduce greater equality at boardroom level, Jane C. Woods, director of Changingpeople.co.uk, has pointed out that flexible working can help encourage greater equality in the workplace.

Jane encourages companies to invest some time and effort in re-evaluating their policies and procedures and ensuring that they promote equality in the workplace.

She believes the concept of traditional working values is now outdated as it is becoming increasingly unlikely that a worker’s partner stays at home to take care of domestic duties.

“I think the idea of the 9 to 5 day evolved primarily based on the principle that there’s someone at home doing everything. If you don’t have someone at home doing everything – whatever gender you are – it doesn’t really work.”

The overriding message is that employers and employees need to acknowledge that modern families do not work in the same way they did years ago and that working practices need to fit in with this.

Here here!

I’ve decided best way to tell husband that toddler has broken the Playstation3 is…

…by putting it in a post.

Darling, it seems the Tinkerous Toddler has stuck more than the recommended number (1) of DVDs into the Playstation3 (at least 2, possibly 3) and it is now making funny noises, but not doing much else.

Love You xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


hook, line and toddler

Had another one of those excruciating toddler induced embarrassment moments a little earlier. We were sat happily on the bus home, when on gets a man with a less than child-friendly demeanour and… a prosthetic arm with a hook at the end of it. Joy.

As he made himself comfortable in a seat directly in the Tinkerous Toddler’s eye-line, she filled the air in the bus with chimes of ‘”what that mummy?”, whilst pointing and staring at his hook. I tried to head off her question by missing the point and saying things like, “it’s a seat” or “it’s the bell”.

This only served to cause a much louder repeat exclamation of , “Where’s the arm gone”. So I called on my secret superpower to make me invisible. Didn’t work.

dear god of soft furnishings…

…please, please, please let the dry-clean only sofa cushion cover come out of the washing machine unharmed. I really did have no choice but to put it in there, after the Tinkerous Toddler had a big girl pants mishap and forgot to say “mummy, pee-pee toilet please”.

….if you can ensure that the cover retains its original, delicate biscuit colour and doesn’t shrink to the size of a doll’s house size cushion cover, I will happily donate the £5.07, found whilst removing aforementioned sofa cushion from sofa for emergency cleaning purposes, to a charity of your choice.

Thank you and praise be.

Stewy – daddy does street art

Owl Stencil Street Art Hackney Road, London

I recently posted a photograph of an owl stencil – see above – by an artist called Stewy as part of the mother.wife.me Urban Beauty Series (she says grandly!). Imagine my delight when Stewy got in touch to say thank you and to offer the Tinkerous Toddler a print of the owl stencil. Given his kind offer, I suggested we meet up so I could find out a little more about this East London based artist.

I hadn’t known quite what to expect when I met Stewy. Thanks to the ubiquitous Banksy, street artists have a certain mystique surrounding them. They are like the Robin Hoods of the art world, bringing art to the everyday people.  Turns out Stewy is a stay-at-home-dad for part of the week, looking after his two young daughters. Well that revelation put me at my ease straight away!

My ears pricked up when he confided that he’s become a lot more prolific with his art since having and looking after children. I can totally empathise with this sentiment; it is amazing how fitting in life around your kids causes you to really focus.

Art-school graduate Stewy added street art to his repertoire in 2007. His first piece was a pigeon. How very London! He is now on a mission to complete his A-Z of British Indigenous Animals series. This is alongside his British Cult Icons series. Spot a common theme? Me too.

Stewy Pigeon

Stewy’s inspiration is British identity. He is quick to point out, “my take on British identity is a world away from that of the far right. It is simply about honouring that which is British, be it the animals or icons of our society who roam and have roamed this land”. Less far right, more right on!

He is currently finishing work on a stencil of Tracey Emin, which will reside in Margate, where Emin was brought up. This tidbit of information brings me onto something else that is captivating about Stewy’s British Icon work; all his pieces end up in a place that is connected with where the icon worked, lived or died.

Stewy explains, “this added layer ties together three of my main interests that have been with me since my school days – art, geography and history.”

Stewy Joe Orton portrait on Cardboard

He recently used these combined interests to educate others about one particular British icon – the British playwright and author, Joe Orton. Stewy created ten portraits of Orton on cardboard and left them at locations in and around Islington associated with Orton. He then tweeted out clues to his Twitter followers as to where to find them. The nice end to the story is that Joe Orton’s sister found the last portrait.

So there you have it. A brief introduction to the wonderful world of Stewy, one of the street artists ensuring there is always beauty in the urban landscape of East London.

Check out more of his work on his website – Stewy and follow him on Twitter @stewystencils – you never know when he might do another Twitter treasure hunt!

the ultimate BritMums Live Linky!

Thank you to Yummy Mummy? Really?  for tagging me on this rather lovely idea of a meme started by A Boy With Aspergers . I am very excited to be attending BritMums Live! But at the same time I am somewhat daunted at the prospect of meeting so many other bloggers all at the same time, when I am but a newbie. So, it is really nice to be included in this meme that is doing the rounds.

First off here’s the rules…

Meme Rules

Copy the questions and paste them within your own post followed by your own answers …

Tag another 2-4 bloggers to do the same (alerting them to the meme) tip (it’s a good idea to make sure they are attending before tagging them)!

Once complete link your completed Meme to the Linky on A Boy With Aspergers (don’t forget to share rules with your tagged few, giving them this URL for the Linky). This way we can keep track of the answers and importantly who’s tagged.

Please link to and state the creator as A boy with Aspergers.

And now, here’s my response to The Ultimate BritMums Live Linky!

Q: What’s your blog title/URL and how long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging properly since November 2011, I’d dabbled before, but it never really got going and then I gave up… and then I started again… and now I can’t stop.

Q: Will Britmums Live be your First blogging conference?
It was going to be, but I’ve just signed up to go to the Save the Children Creating Connections Blogger and Vlogger Conference on 14th April at Google’s London office.

Q: Did you bag yourself a sponsor?
I didn’t ask for one, I can walk to the venue from home, so didn’t seem necessary!

Q: Are you attending both days?

Q: What are you most looking forward to about the conference?
Getting to meet all the other bloggers that I’ve been chatting with for the last few months and of course soaking up as much useful information and tips about blogging a possible.

Q: Are you wearing Branded Clothing ( you’re sponsors brand)?

Q: What is your planed style for this event?
Jeans n Converse or some such similar crazy combo

Q: Are you hoping to be nominated for a BiB award?
Well, I’ve made the shortlist for the BritMums BiB Fresh Voices category – see button and note it winking at you, luring you to vote for me at the top of the side bar – so let’s see what happens…

Q: if so what category?
Fresh Voices – see above for cheeky nudge to vote!!

Q: Will you be looking to network with Brands?
I will happily talk to brands – and anyone else who wants to have a natter!

Q: What do u hope to walk away having gained from the conference?
New ideas, inspiration, contacts and the cementing of friendships that started out life in the blogosphere

Q: Will you be dressing up in the toilets for the Friday night BiBs?
I’ll probo bring a pair of heels in my bag, go for the ‘oops I look fabulous’ method – slick of lippie, killer heels, spritz of perfume – then look in the toilet mirror and realise I look more ‘ooops I look decidedly average’

Q: Are you speaking at the conference and if so when, where and how do you feel about doing so?
No, not this year (!!!)

Q: Will you be joining in the early morning bloggercise on the Saturday?
Quite possibly… not!

Q: What speakers are you most looking forward to listening to?
Ruby Wax, Camila Batmanghelidjh, Jane Blackmore, Carla Buzasi… and many others…

Q: What workshops will you be attending on the Friday (Day 1)
Yet to decide, can’t make up my mind.

Q: What Workshops being held on the Saturday (Day 2) have grabbed your attention?
Yet to decide here too!!

Q: Are u booked into a hotel for the Friday night, if yes which one?
No, home is in East End!

Q: Will you be looking for after party drinks
I may be… I’ve been known to prop up the bar in the Hoxton Hotel before now, so my arm could be twisted

Q: Are u worried about not knowing anyone or being confident and socialising on the day?
Yes, always worried about this. Walking into a room full of strangers is one of my biggest stomach churners, I get so nervous. But at the same time, I am ubber approachable and so keen to chat and meet everyone!

Q: What’s are you most likely to be found doing why attending Britmums Live?
Talking and soaking up as much BritMum-ness as I can!

Right and now to some tagging, just going to tag two as working out the who’s going thing is taking time and I am on a self-imposed deadline to write, write, write whilst the Tinkerous Toddler is being suitably amused by my parents!!

Mummy Barrow 
An Essex Wife